November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) carries against the Philadelphia Eagles during third quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
After not even registering on the radar during the first half of the season, three New Orleans Saints players came back on the screen during the 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chris Ivory–after being activated only twice and no carries up until the game last night, Ivory made an excellent showing with 10 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown, which came off a 22 yard run.
Ivory had been the subject of trade rumors but the Saints never flinched and he remained on a roster with uncertainty. After what he did last night, the team would add another weapon by keeping him carrying the ball.
Mark Ingram–I’ve been critical of Ingram after his lackluster performance for a first round draft pick with only averaging 2.9 yards a carry this season. Last night he seemed to recover in a big way with 7 carries for 44 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Ingram also recovered the bowl-you-over, aggressive running style he was drafted for and carried defenders with him as he ran. Contributing in the passing game as well, he also caught two passes for 23 yards.
Patrick Robinson–another first round pick for the Saints, the cornerback has been consistent one season, then regresses the next. Robinson was beaten like a drum last week against the Denver Broncos last week but made the play of the game against the Eagles.
Robinson intercepted a tipped pass from quarterback Michael Vick and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. This ties the record set by former Saints safety Darren Sharper against the New York Jets in 2009.
He was also tested early on in the game on deep passes but held his own against Vick’s arm. Hopefully Robinson can parlay this game against the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday where he will be assigned either wide receiver Roddy White or Julio Jones.